Friday, October 23, 2015

NFL - Week Seven Preview

It's being hailed as the Game of the Week . . .  phooey!                       

The New England Patriots host the New York Jets with a possible share of first place in the AFC East at stake should the Jets win the road game against their nemesis.
Fact is the New York Jets (4-1) have won their four games against inferior opponents while New England comes into this week's game with a 5-0 mark.
The Patriots are going to bury the Jets this Sunday in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the quarterback (by default) for the Jets this season only because starter Geno Smith suffered a broken jaw after being sucker punched in training camp by a low life former teammate who's name will not be mentioned in this post.
Fact is Fitzpatrick also played for the Buffalo Bills and similarly a few seasons ago got off to the same hot start he and his team (Jets like the Bills in the past) have had so far in this season.
When push came to shove then, the Pats buried Fitzpatrick and the Bills when it mattered most just as they will do once again to the Jets.
The Bills of 2011 and the Jets of 2015 mirror each other in many ways, beginning with the bearded wonder known as Fitzpatrick leading the team on offense. Both teams have/had marginal talent on offense and boast solid defenses.
The New York Jets have had some success against the Patriots (2010 playoffs) but not nearly enough to feel confident enough to go into Gillette Stadium this Sunday and actually beat them.
Take Brady and Belichick to run rough shod over this surprising, upstart group of cast offs known as the New York J-E-T-S  Jets! Jets! Jets!

PREDICTION - New England Patriots 31, New York Jets 14 

There are actually some other decent matches coming up this weekend, including the Philadelphia Eagles taking on the Carolina Panthers in the Sunday Night Football game.
The Eagles have put together two straight wins while playing pretty well defensively and now travel to face an undefeated team (5-0) that has a lot of momentum in their corner after winning in Seattle last week, coming back from a nine-point fourth quarter deficit against the daunting "Legion of Boom" defense.
Panthers QB Cam Newton has been spectacular so far this season and the defense continues to play well, including getting All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly back from injury last week.
All in all, it looks to be another good weekend around the NFL, so the following will offer a capsule style look at the action with the Heftyinfo predicitions to follow.

Buffalo (3-3) at Jacksonville (1-5) in London, England -  Why does the NFL continue to expand the number of games overseas?

Minnesota (3-2) at Detroit (1-5) - The Lions could pull another surprise this week at home.

New Orleans (2-4) at Indianapolis (3-3) - Colts should win at home.

Pittsburgh (4-2) at Kansas City (1-5) - Ben who? Just kidding, but the Steelers better be ready.

Houston (2-4) at Miami (2-3) - New Head Coach, new attitude in Miami.

New York Jets (4-1) at New England (5-0) - Patriots roll!

Cleveland (2-4) at St. Louis (2-3) - Both of these teams have played in Cleveland at one time in NFL history.

Atlanta (5-1) at Tennessee (1-4) - The Titans have lost four straight . . . Take the Falcons.

Tampa Bay (2-3) at Washington (2-4) - Who cares?

Oakland (2-3) at San Diego (2-4) - Chargers are decimated with injuries . . . but Philip Rivers is the hottest QB going right now.

Dallas (2-3) at New York Giants (3-3) - Cowboys are banged up and going with their third QB this season . . . Giants roll!

Philadelphia (3-3) at Carolina (5-0) - Prime time game should be a good one.

Baltimore (1-5) at Arizona (4-2) - Cardinals should bury the Ravens on Monday night.

The Heftyinfo picks for Week Seven . . . . .   (Home teams are listed in BOLD; Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)

Seattle over San Francisco
Buffalo over Jacksonville
Detroit over Minnesota
Indianapolis over New Orleans
Pittsburgh over Kansas City
Miami over Houston
St. Louis over Cleveland
Atlanta over Tennessee
Washington over Tampa Bay
San Diego over Oakland
NY Giants over Dallas
Carolina over Philadelphia
Arizona over Baltimore

Last Week's Record:  11-3


Lock of the Week Record:  5-1

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